Monday, September 21, 2009

BSNYC Ride Report: 2009 Singlespeed World Championship

As I mentioned in last Friday's post, cyclocross season began this past weekend. (At least it did around these parts.) However, this weekend the 2009 Singlespeed World Championships also took place in Durango, Colorado. As some of you may recall, I took part in last year's race in Napa, California. While I don't like to brag, the truth is I came very close to winning that event--in fact, according to the number emblazoned on my Official SSWC Finisher's Bottle Opener, I was only about 100 riders away from a high double-digit placing. Actually, at one point I was even side-by-side with the eventual winner, Carl Decker. (Though admittedly that was at the counter in the 7-11 before the race.) So, given that the only things that had kept me from becoming the Singlespeed World Champion last year were like 200 other people, like two hours, and the fact that I suck, I knew I'd have to return this year in order to claim victory. So I bagged my bike, left my dignity with a neighbor, and headed west.

I rolled into Durango like the carpetbagging city-slicker I am, strapped on my six guns, donned my 10 gallon hat, and sauntered off spurs a-rattlin' down Main Avenue to find that the town had already fallen victim to Singlespeed Fever:


Even the local bookshop was shamelessly attempting to cash in:


If you've never been to Durango, it has a real "Wild West" feel, since as I understand it the frontiersmen ate in expensive restaurants, drank gourmet coffee, and spent most of their free time engaged in outdoor sports like cycling, skiing, and white water rafting. It's also a real cycling town; not only was it the host of the first-ever UCI mountain bike world championships, but you'll also find pretty much every type of bicycle in use on its streets--which, as you can see, are pretty rough:


Anyway, in Durango you can see brakeless fixed-gears:


Leopard print road bikes:


Horrifying recumbents (yes, in Durango it seems people use recumbents as bar bikes);

and even tall bikes:


There are also titanium bikes hanging from the trees:

But by far the most common type of bicycle this past weekend was the singlespeed mountain bike, which meant there was plenty of quick-spinning, ironically-clad bicycle traffic--especially on race day:

There was also similarly ironic foot traffic. Note that the lady sheriff has rounded up an irony posse--they've even deputized a guy in Birkenstocks:

Fortunately, despite the fact that I was not wearing a costume (generally my performance on the bike is ridiculous enough that I don't need to enhance it with my wardrobe) the posse spared me and so I was able to continue on to the registration table in front of Durango Cyclery:


Inside the shop, there was even more evidence of the rich local cycling heritage. Here's an autographed photo of Tom Danielson, proudly hidden behind the gloves:


Meanwhile, outside, riders were already assembling at the start and being interviewed about their panties:


At this point I figured I should not only secure a spot, but also find a rider to mark, so I chose Shamu the Killer Whale:


However, this had less to do with my confidence in his riding abilities than it did with the fact that he was clothed relatively modestly, and I had no intention of spending the next 20-something miles trying to follow this guy:


I also wasn't going to try to compete with Michael Phelps:


Sure, Phelps's specialty may be swimming, but an Olympian is an Olympian. Plus, he was packing his "aqualung" which would almost certainly aid his performance:


But despite the seemingly festive nature of the event, I was still nervous. Sure, I had a bottle opener to remind me that, barring hundreds of other people (not to mention the hundreds of thousands of other people who had not bothered to make the trip to Napa), I was one of the best singlespeeders in the world. And sure, I had a distinct advantage due to the fact that I was completely unencumbered by props. Still, as I looked off into the distance at the mountains we would soon be climbing I knew that I was going to suffer. This was no Cunningham Park, and despite all the costumes I also knew that people were going to be racing. After all, a beating is no less painful when it's administered by a man in a dress. If anything, it's even more painful, since it wounds your dignity too. I suppose this juxtaposition of absurdity and pain is really what's at the heart of the event:

That, and riding your bike while dressed as Amelia Earhart:


Soon though the time for contemplation ended and we were off. Unfortunately, I lost Shamu and wound up in the "dirt jumper" group:


However, since I knew that it wouldn't be long before they started riding the same section of trail over and over again like a bunch of autistic chipmunks, I moved up to the Wiccan group:


However, I was not comfortable in this group either, so I moved up to this wheel, where I decided to stay for awhile:

After some road climbing we eventually hit the singletrack, where we proceeded to hike:


And hike:


And hike:


At this point I was beginning to get irritated, as I had been led to believe by the organizers that this was a bicycle race, and had I known I was actually entering the Singlespeed Hiking World Championships I might have stayed home. Worse, the hiking was not going to end anytime soon. To my horror, the splash of color in the distance was not the foliage of early autumn--no, it was people:

And they too were still hiking:


Eventually, we made it to the top, where I took a beer hand-up, paused briefly to appreciate the view (thunder rumbled in the distance, though the storm never reached us), and began the descent:

Unfortunately, I was unable to photograph the very technical and rocky descent, as I was too busy trying to remain on my bike and stay alive. And while I did dab, bobble, and do everything else one would expect a poor New York rider to do on a Colorado trail, I'm pleased to report that I did manage to not actually fall, and that I did in fact survive. Also, while the beer did little to improve my bike handling, it almost certainly gave me the confidence to confront the terrain in the first place.

Emboldened by survival, I pressed on, and encountered a variety of terrain, spectators, and beer. Close to the finish of the race, we encountered one more obscenely long hike:

Then another long descent followed by a final kicker of a climb:


And, finally, the finish line:


Immediately upon crossing it, I turned around to see if I had actually beaten anybody:


And in doing so, I inadvertently captured a perfect image of myself in another rider's mirrored sunglasses:



Then I collapsed in the grass:


I had passed, and as far as I'm concerned that's just as good as winning--a "victory," I should add, which was greatly aided by the good people at Fox, who were kind enough to lend me a suspension fork since I don't actually own one:


If you're wondering, it was a 32 F-29 in the traditional 9mm dropoutway:


Feel free to call me a woosie for using it, or a shark-jumping sellout for lauding it, but the fact is that it performed excellently and quite literally saved my ass on a number of occasions, and my affection for it is such that it warrants being sepiafied:


But while the fork doubtless helped me finish the race unscathed, it could do little to prevent the painful injury I incurred later on at the Ska Brewery post-race party--which, as you'd suspect, contained all the requisite "bike culture" party elements:


The injury occurred when, upon my arrival at the party, the guy who applied my "over 21" bracelet got a bunch of my arm hair caught in it, necessitating a highly painful extraction process:


This greatly diminished my enthusiasm for the ensuing ironic basketball game between Italy and New Zealand to decide the location of next year's race. (Deciding the location of The World's Whitest Sporting Event by means of a basketball game is highly ironic.) However, it was still amusing to watch people messing around on the court before the game:

For some reason, this spectator is especially riveted:

Meanwhile, this spectator puts the "sin" in "singlespeed:"

I can't say I do the same--though given my general "woosieness" I would assert that I at least put the "I peed" in it.

133 comments:

Andrew said...

podium! first!

Anonymous said...

basso

sufferist said...

yeah!!!!!!!!!!!1

Anonymous said...

freaky single speeders

rezado said...

Firstie

Dave said...

Podium!?

Disgruntl Ed. said...

Nicely spelled. Now I will read it.

landis in 06 said...

up there

Anonymous said...

Woot! Woot!

Astroluc said...

top10?

mikeweb said...

Moocher!

Lantern Rouge said...

Just chuggin' along...

hillbilly said...

fantastic report! see, it's all the walking/hiking/carrying that keep my away from anything but road and track. At least that's how I justify my woosieness

a lot of people favoring that sockway....

crankin said...

ss rules

top 20

sukkas

Cranky Mule said...

Speedo

Stevil said...

Arm hair. Yes.

kale said...

I'm feeling the Indy Fab trampstampway.

Look like more than one Fox had full squish. Hoyo!

sufferist said...

Mr. Snob: sticking with last week's urine soaked theme, good ender....thanks

Anonymous said...

Snob: That arm hair extraction technique used "down under" will make your weird style diktats look bigger.

mikeweb said...

Excellent race coverage, Snob! Yes, good choice of a wheel to follow. Much better than that dude in the kilt.

Reed Enwright said...

I'm building my singlespeed as I type and plan to ride it to NZ for next years event.

BTW, will Brett and Germaine be there?

d. fofonov said...

Slowly returning to race form.

Seanywonton said...

Damn, my singulator blew out.

Angry Dane said...

There's a certain perviness about your recent postings that I'm really starting to enjoy, Snob. Keep up the dirty work.

leroy said...

My ride report from this weekend:

On the way home from Nyack, three deer on the shoulder of the road decided that I was so slow and unthreatening, that they didn't need to move.

They just stared as I went by.

I gotta get a tougher looking costume.

(BSNYC: inquiring minds want to know, did Ned Overend or Bob Roll ride the event in their hometown and, if so, what were they wearing?)

Anonymous said...

Snob,
What gearing did you run on your single speed?

TheTye said...

watching single speed mountain-bikers walk their bikes up a hill is almost as funny/fufilling as watching dress-wearing college girls walk their pink fixed-gears on the sidewalk.

Seanywonton said...

Laughed my ass off at the OP reflection, BIKESNOB.

Glad you got to enjoy some Ska Brewing beers, BIKESNOB, and I hope you didn't get too used to the fresh rarified air out there, BIKESNOB.

Seanywonton said...

Opps, I meant "OC reflection", I guess I got mixed up with the cool beach shorts I used to wear when I was 9.

Anonymous said...

Is hiking your SS the equivalent of a trackstand or skid competition? Seems like the bikes were accessories. Seems like SS is 2010's FG.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 2:20 PM,

32 x 20.

--BSNYC

Morgan said...

Birkenstock deputy is nonplussed

BSTK NON+

Why have drivetrains at all on these bikes? They'd be lighter for up hill pushing if they had simple footpegs for the downhills.

http://www.harobikes.com/bmx/gallery/albums/album-44/lg/08F_BMX_Z10_WHT.jpg

Anonymous said...

What is the word(s) across the lower back of the gold suited female in the picture? Is this some sort of Oregonian cult reference I am not familiar with?

anon 2:24 said...

See... even the ratios are discussed

49:15 bro

grog said...

That's our Snobbie--keeping the pee in singlespeed. Thankye sir.

Cognorant said...

Speaking of unpleasant following experiences....I found myself behind some guy in yellow team kit the other day. As I got closer it became evident that his entire ass-way was visible through the light color. It was very unpleasant but did give me motivation to pass quickly and keep the pace up so as not to be presented with that again.

ser_papa said...

So did you get a bottle opener??

sufferist said...
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Astroluc said...

ok, I like Single-Speeds and all (my commuter is a SS) but can someone tell me what the hell the point is to a SS MTB? I can't see one other than really training your hiking abilities.

red neckerson said...

i aint seen that many wiurdos since the frat boys from lindsey wilson college did a training ride thru here about a year ago

me and ricky wood haf beet the shit out of them fellers but i gots to be honest with you they was way too fast

Astroluc said...

SSPD WALK

sufferist said...

-----------------------------------------
CRxFW ChainRing x FreeWheel
GI Gear Inches
DF Distance traveled in FEET
in a single pedal rotation
displayed as FEET'
INCHES.decimal_remainder"
PRPM Pedal Rotations Per Mile
RT Gear Ratios

Wheel Diameter: 29.00 inches
Gears: 32x20
--------------------------------------------
CRxFW GI DF PRPM RT
--------------------------------------------
32x20 46.40 12' 1.77" 434.66 1:1.60

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CommieCanuck said...

I put the "Glespe" in singlespeed.

Hippies dressing up in costumes riding bikes, man, that never gets old.

The Parkinsons said...

Sufferist,
Depends on what you wanted to say-- if you wanted to say "math", it worked!

Don't they do a chainless and brakeless downhill ride somewhere in Colorado?

wishiwasmerckx said...

Anon 2:27, my feeble eyes make out "independent" in scrabble tiles. I don't know if that refers to her sponsorship or her characted traits.

sufferist said...

I assumed Snob rubs 29 inches.

sufferist said...

Parkinsons: please elaborate.

Anonymous said...

perhaps in reference to her seat position.

Brad W. said...

good work staying upright on the technical descents. i'm not surprised though. everyone knows it's only urine soaked leaves that give you trouble!

Anonymous said...

Rubbing a 26 is like watching retro porn.

crimerider said...

snobby.

i have to assume that when you say you were not wearing a costume that you mean you were not wearing a costume over the customary chicken suit that you palp/rub/slay and of course rock.
great post.

crimey

mikeweb said...

leroy, I had a similar thing happen on the way down Rockland Rd. except it was a mama quail and about 8 little ones.

cognorant, also had that happen yesterday in Central Park. An all white kit! Luckily the sun wasn't too bright at that time...

Dave said...

Next year, come to Chequamegon.

mikeweb said...

CC, as in Dizzy Glespe?

Mad Jack McMad said...

I think that Ti bike was lynched for not being a decent, god-fearing steel or crabon frame...or for cattle rustling.

hillbilly said...

everybody just felt perfectly at ease leaving their water bottles on their locked bikes too....I can't do that. Can't. Won't. Creeps me out

leroy said...

mikeweb --

I get the same non-plussed stares from the fauna in Prospect Park.

But somehow deer and quail are less threatening than squirrels hopped up on sugar and caffeine from overflowing trash bins.

kale said...

"Don't pee in waterbottles, bro!"

-Hillbilly

MINGUStheMECHANIC said...

Does snob have a rigid 29er? or is it borrowed and who the held lends out a fox f29 and can I borrow one too.

hillbilly said...

thanks Kale, I didn't want to have to say it, but tough times call for tough words, or something like that.

hillbilly said...

Guess you could call that me PEE SA

ant1 said...

ant1st!

kale said...

From what I read on Wikipedia, I'm sure telling the difference between urine and most energy drinks (especially diabetic urineways) would be difficult.

jolene said...

aint there a joke about piss in coke or somethin

i dont get the pee in mountain bikes thing is it in your rucksack

sufferist said...

Kale:urine typically has a higher sodium content (not including Gatorade, which is technically a sports drink not an energy drink, but the line get blurrier every day). Also, from what I can remember, urine finishes about like it starts. I believe that this is because there is no need to hide the bitter taste of caffeine, guarna, horny goat weed exctract, etc....

Hope this helps....

CommieCanuck said...


But somehow deer and quail are less threatening than squirrels hopped up on sugar and caffeine from overflowing trash bins.


oh, Fuck squirrels.

JPB said...

Astroluc 2:34 - Single speed mountain bikes, it's like a zen thing, y'know! You feel totally like you're one with the bike!

BadBeard said...

69th Yeah!

Anonymous said...

napa was better

The Parkinsons said...

Sufferist,
Sorry, I saw a whole string of formulas and such with the quote "I hope comes out how I mean" or something like that. I have since figured out its the way to figure out gear inches on Snob's bike.

Don't mind me....

Astroluc said...

JPB,

I can't tell if you are being sarcastic or not ;)

I feel pretty Zen on a bike most of the time (except when critiquing others inability to follow simple traffic laws)... my only real requirement is that it works well, geared or not.

JoeyDurango said...

Hey BSNYC,

Glad to see you had a good time out here in our fair state. Too bad your anonymous persona works so damn well, would have liked to meet the ironic man from the east...

For all the folks that saw the pictures of hiking riders and don't get it, well, let me clarify. The two real climbs on the SSWC course were plain old impossible to ride, and that goes for geared riders as well. They were not meant for bikes in an uphill direction. While I'm well aware that some folks ride SS just to be cool, there are some of us that just like simple bikes and have no problem riding them on any trail that's ridable for normal geared riders!

Now, if only I can figure out how to finance a trip to New Zealand...

BadBeard said...

Ahem - RTMS, are you sure you took those photos? They are of a fairly good quality. Although I assume you took the one of Birkenstock man, he is appropriately non-plussed.

Astroluc said...

JoeyDurango,

thanks for the clarification... that actually makes some sense ;)

JPB said...

Astroluc - I was being teensy bit sarcastic. Sort of playing off any fixie rider's explanation of why riding fixed is soooo cool!

Many reasons to ride SS (and fixed), some of which are;
-quieter, can be nice sometimes
-less to mantain/repair
-adds a challenge to a trail you may have ridden a billion times on a geared, fully suspended bike
-cuz they are awesome!

hope that helps

Kid Durango said...

Say boy,

thatsa whole messa sarcasm you toted out here from back east. Don't wantya passing them opinions of yorn offas no ironic bullshit with yer fancy fox forks an all.

PS who the fuck's this gervaise fella?

Astroluc said...

It does it does... and this whole text thing sometimes makes sarcasm hard to hear, but I thought I caught some of that through the letters...

I ride a SS about 15 miles every day; I started using a SS for a couple reasons:
-I began bike commuting and did want something "simpler" with less chance of mechanical failure (But I'd be lying if I said I didn't break a frame a few months back!)
-I am not cool (or young) enough to not use brakes.

I ride geared off-road and "on the weekends" and I will say this; I don't know if I feel any more Zen on the SS, but it's def. made me a stronger rider when I get on the geared bikes... being about 10lbs heavier doesn't hurt either.

Crappy 70s steel, baby!

JPB said...

I ride a track bike sometimes for fun, but I have a brake on it. I am likewise not young or cool enough to ride brakeless.

I have not ridden single speed in a while due to a back injury that kept me of hardtails. When I could, I used to have a 34 lb singlespeed with a 5" travel, old FR fork. That makes for a fun ride :)

JPB said...

er, that should read "...kept me OFF hardtails..."

sufferist said...

hey we all know that you are of hardtails, you don't need to cover up here. You're amongst friends, some of whom are of hardtail too.

Anonymous said...

9+

Cognorant said...

Mikeweb,

Sun was bright, setting and at just the right angle...

innerlighter said...

Snob, It looks as though you may have been riding right behind this years eventual SSWChamp in the femaleway ...

...in keeping with the winners tradition, maybe you should get some kind of tattoo commemorating it

TheTye said...

Kale- 3:31
especially if it is Pocari Sweat.
www.pocarisweat.com

on the bottle it says something like: "it has the ph and consistancy of bodily fluids"

Kapitan said...

Dayumn, if that gold-clad chick had been number one in the race, I'd definitely be number two. I'm feeling very motivated right now. Yessirree. Yehaaaww!

Anonymous said...

Downieville was better.

Anonymous said...

TheTye-

Hey, cool it with the Japanese bodily fluid ingesting references...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxsjDmYw7nc

...if there was a 'bukkake' Gatorade flavorway those commercials with the sweat pouring off Maria Sharipova would be, oh nevermind...

Sidewinder Slim said...

Snob, fer chrissake,
Spurs don't rattle, you greenhorn;
they jingle-jangle-jingo, as you go riding merrily along!

Anonymous said...

Oh God! I finally made it in to a BSNYC blog! (I'm the goofy tall guy in black jacket standing behind the registration table) Now I can reach my eternal sleep in peace. Thanks BSNYC!

Adam said...

SSWC. The initial climb was know un-rideable from the first time they posted a picture of it on the "registration blog'. As for people that don't understand a SS mountain bike. They are simply a classless cyclist that can not accept anything beside setup they ride. Most likely something similar to the worlds greatest madone. A true SS rider is most likely gonna be the stronger rider on everyday but friday. Because of the events that took place thursday night he/she will still be recovering.

Eggplant Mike said...

top notch post snob. i'm golf clapping in your general direction.

MildT said...

It's good to see the Snob chasing gold. There's no shame in coming behind that.
Or something like that.

wishiwasmerckx said...

Speaking again of bukkake, I was trying to impress my date at the Chinese restaurant. I ordered the "cream of sum yong guy." Let's just say it was a mistake, and leave it at that.

kfg said...

I am young enough that I'm almost always riding a fixed gear for recreational and utilitarian purposes. Sometimes I ride it brakeless (a fixie with a pop top stem makes trying out different bar configurations a breeze).

I am, however, old enough that when I engage in yon risky business I ride it like *I've got no frickin' brakes!*

The rest of the time I have TWO; and am even known to use them.

smaureenr said...

That is my cape there! We must make one to go with it now... "I put the 'I peed' in sIngle sPEED" ...genious!

Anonymous said...

I live in durango and hosted 2 "house guests" who proved they were short a full load by getting up at 4a.m. the next day (sunday) driving to Molas Pass and ride the Colo. Trail back to Durango. This required, after 2 hours of racing the day before, 14 hours of EXTREME self punishment crossing rivers, hail, snow, elevation, bears, hunters,cold,lost trail,lost day -light and mind loss. And no tatoo.
DURANGO ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

http://animalnewyork.com/2009/09/americas-youth-corrupted-further-by-familial-golden-shower-discussions/

Fierce Panties said...

My knees hurt just reading about it.

IPEE DTOO

Fierce Panties said...

100

Kurt Vonnegut is King said...

Awesome report, Snob. Makes me wanna go do that sometime.

I like the Tom Danielson autograph under the pile of gloves: "Thanks Bailey for humiliating me every opportunity you have"

Fierce Panties said...

I don't know which is worse, sittin-n-spinnin in a 22:34 granny or pushin-an-iPeed 34:20. Tough call. At least you don't have to hike down with that Fierce Fox.

Fierce Panties said...

Autistic chipmunks? Not very pc, but I'm still laughing. I'm mainly laughing at myself for being an autistic chipmunk, I have a titanium rod in my humerus from dirt jumping. And I keep asking myself, "how did that happen?"

When did DJers switch from Vans to safety vests? I looks like I got out of that scene just in time.

Got to go, that's as long as I can type in one sitting. Ouch.

JPB said...

FP - Titanium rod?! Lucky! All I got from dirt jumping was a shoulder that threatens to pull out of it's socket if I'm not careful. Autistic squirrels, indeed.

Anonymous said...

Pass!

Anonymous said...

recumbent jokes are lame

MildT said...

Recumbents are lame jokes.

leroy said...

I thought I would give urban mushing a try.

I thought single speed meant you used one dog to pull your bike.

I thought fixed gear meant the dog was neutered.

I think my poodle just signed me up for a single speed mountain bike race

I heard him mutter something about seeing how I would like it if I lost an important part of my anatomy

Anonymous said...

help, how do i send important photographs to BSNYC?

Sherry said...

Awesome post!!

The photo of your reflection reminds me of the scene in Casino where Robert deniro is waiting for Joe Pesci out in the desert - so cool!

Shiny Flu said...

Great race report... You shoulda got a Reba Suspensionway. Newb

bikesgonewild said...

...guess it's all in yer perspective, huh ???...

...i was under the impression that "urban mushing" was sharing oatmeal w/ my chihuahua...

...& as far as him pulling me n' my bike, well, i give him credit for pulling his own weight but really, that kinda speaks for itself...

...besides, the little fucker always wants 'taco bell'...

Anonymous said...

I also have reservations about the alleged dirtjumpers. They are into bright colours these days, but the highvisvestway no way. Maybe you addled your brain by drinking from one of those unattended water bottles, that looks more like the commuter group to me.

Fierce Panties, you might want to have that titanium removed. In the best case you will lose bone mass from the humerus that no longer has to pull it own weight and in the worst if you slip in the bath and break it again they will have a hell of a time getting the darn thing out.

"Serial Blogger" said...

Snobster,

In your pic before the finishline if you look to your left it looks like a fellow rider snapped a pic of you. Please tell me you killed him with a piece of piano wire.

"Serial Blogger" said...

FYI the taco bell dog died like a month ago. Then he was ground up and devoured by the CEO of taco bell.

sufferist said...

I would like to pose an ethical question, if I may. Being a frequent commenter here on the blog and understanding as I do the value of Mr. Snob's anonymity, if given the chance to actually view the visage of Mr. Snob, in his existenceway, does one take the opportunity to do so? Or for the sake of the everything that Mr. Snob has done, does one avert the eyes to maintain the sanctity of his modus operandi?

Also, in the paragraph above, I used four two letter words in a row, wow!

sufferist said...

Serial blogger: yes, yes, piano wire because no one has derailleurs....oh wait....I'm pretty sure that some have brakes, so that could be an option.

CommieCanuck said...

wwmx...hiralious.

CommieCanuck said...

help, how do i send important photographs to BSNYC?

Print the photo on 8X11 acetate sheets, wait for evening, then go to one of the many nationwide HID spotlights set up in major urban centers and cast the image on the clouds. Snob will appear shortly.

Factoid: the spotlights are 10,268 knog LEDS in an array.

CommieCanuck said...

if given the chance to actually view the visage of Mr. Snob, in his existenceway, does one take the opportunity to do so?

The physical image of RTMS is like the sun or a nice pair of breasts. If given the chance, you don't directly stare, just get a sense peripherally, ...then turn away.

properspirant said...

Astroluc,

Ever see the patriotic recumbent commuter going inbound at 5:00PM?

Hoo-boy! I gotta get a photo of that guy.


He doesn't even have a beard!

bikesgonewild said...

...by using the word antidisestablishmentarianism in this post even though it has no relevancy whatsoever to anything thing being discussed here, i have managed to use various words of one(1), two(2), three(3), four(4), five(5), six(6), seven(7), eight(8), nine(9), ten(10) & twenty eight(28) letters...

...just sayin'...

...& we all know "taco bell" dog died & simply assumed the rest to be true...

ridethewomble said...

BEHOLD THE AWESOME POWER OF RICKYD! Er ... he's the guy in gold lame and prison stripes.

Now you see what we have to deal with every time there's a race around here. He shows no mercy.

yogisurf said...

Great to see that the female version of the great Hamac de banane de oro was in the race. Although if you look too closely, you start hitting the rocks instead of avoiding them.

Scott said...

Great article. You really nailed Durango in you description of it.

karim said...

Very thoughtfull post on confidence .It should be very much helpfull

Thanks,
Karim - Creating Power

Pat said...

To the cycling JERK who wrote this blog:
Skaters are not a menace. Cyclists are. My parked car has been dented by a cyclist, and I've almost been run down a few times while enjoying a stroll along a PUBLIC path when some of you yahoos thought it'd be a good idea to haul ass abreast at speeds of 25mph-30mph.
You think you own the streets and byways. Here's a surprise: YOU DON'T. The roads and paths are open to everyone (even you), of which you are obviously unaware.

SkoobaSteevZ said...

Nice werk, BS for being there and riding/walking that course. But I have to axe: Doesn't this clandestine work get a bit lonely after a while?
You finished right before me, and I KNOW WHO YOU ARE! (your secret's safe w/ me...)

Observation: There were lots wussie SS riders out there who were walking their bikes. I've got news for you:

There are only about 150 yards of that course that are truly unridable, bitches.

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wenders! said...

Yeah!! SSWC09 was defiantly copious amounts of fun. the lady in gold is a total shredder, i wonder how long you held onto her tail for?

xoxo

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